Robert Gaier

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SIDNEY — Robert H. Gaier, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 2:12 p.m. at Fair Haven Shelby County Home in Sidney where he had resided since November.

He was born in Fort Loramie, the son of the late Charles and Eleanore (Overman) Gaier. On June 24, 1948, he married Marie Bishop and she preceded him in death.

Robert is survived by three daughters, Pamela Elsass and husband, Jonatha,n of Milford, Carol Baez and husband, Michael, of Lutz, Fla., and Judy Mumford and husband, Bernard, of Raleigh, N.C.; 16 grandchildren, Anne Marie (John) Devlin, Jon Jr. (Angie) Elsass, Dr. Thomas (Amy) Elsass, Sarah (Leon) Cymbaluk, Benjamin (Mary) Baez, Nicholas (Sarah) Baez, Alexander Baez, Marcus Baez, Rachel, Zack, Sophie, Maggie, Ellie, Isaac and Charlie Mumfod, B. J. (Joslyn) Mumford; 17 great-grandchildren; one half sister, Rose Roesser, of Sidney; and one brother-in-law, Dutch Carey, of Sidney.

Robert retired from LeRoi Dresser Industries in 1985, but he is most well known for his music career. He played saxophone with the Bobby Wertz Band, the Jim Baltes Band at Eldora and the Crystal Ballroom, the Keynotes Orchestra and in more recent times he played with the Frank Neville Orchestra and the New Era Swing Band. Bob also had a woodwind instrument repair business and has taught many students to play woodwind instruments.

He was a member of the Sidney American Legion having served as a Paratrooper in World War II in the Phillipines and was a member of the Army Band. He was also a member of the Dayton Musician's Associations and a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, where full military honors will be conducted.

Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 915 W. Michigan Ave., Sidney, OH 45365, Fair Haven Shelby County Home, 2901 Fair Road, Sidney, OH 45365 or Holy Angels School, 324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the Gaier family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site,

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Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2014
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